Copyright Criminals to Air on PBS


Since Hiphop’s inception DJ’s and producers have utilized sampling to create undeniable catchy songs with questionable implications. The first rap song to hit the radio The Sugar Hill Gang’s seminal “Rapper’s Delight” powered its way into the ears of America on the back of Chic’s funky “Good Times” bass line. Is sampling plagiarism or tribute? A new documentary Copyright Criminals tackles the history, and issues at the center, of the sampling debate. Copyright Criminals will be airing tonight, so check your local station listings.